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Introduction - The need for a new approach to science communication in an age of information overload. In the words of communication theorist Richard Lanham ("The Economics of Attention: Style and Substance in the Age of Information," 2007), "style and substance, and our expectations for them, have changed places." It's not about "dumbing down," it's about using style as a means of communicating substance.

Chapter 1 - Don't Be So Cerebral - The need to draw on other organs of the body than just the brain.

Chapter 2 - Don't Be So Literal Minded - The need to arouse before fulfilling

Chapter 3 - Don't Be Such a Poor Storyteller - The need to tell a good story while
still maintaining accuracy

Chapter 4 - Don't Be So Unlikeable - The need to appreciate the dynamics of a negating profession in a society that prefers affirmation.

Chapter 5 - Be the Voice of Science - Carl Sagan exemplified each of these admonitions -- able to act as much as think, willing to innovate in the communication of science, a great storyteller, and hugely likeable. With todays advancements in communication such as blogs and videos, scientists no longer need to sit and wait to be discovered by journalists. Today, they themselves can reach the mass audience through the internet. They can indeed be the voice of science.

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